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Darwen man nets £8k in benefit fraud
12:20pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A MAN continued to receive carers allowance for looking after his mother after he got a job as a warehouseman.
Blackburn magistrates heard Michael Brian Wilkinson, 42, was also receiving income support, housing and council tax benefits he was not entitled to for a period of 38 weeks.
Wilkinson, of Redvers Road, Darwen, pleaded guilty to four offences of failing to notify a change of circumstances.
He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs.
The court heard the total overpayment was in excess of £8,000.
Helen Oats, defending, said the claim was not fraudulent from the outset. He had been receiving carers allowance for looking after his disabled mother and the other benefits had followed.
“Four months after making the claim he obtained work and accepts at that point he was under a duty to inform the authorities of a change in his circumstances,” said Miss Oats.”
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